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Archive for February, 2010

Yes, I can’t seem to stop trying recipes from Nancy Baggett’s Kneadlessly Simple.  This week it was her rosemary focaccia.  This was simple to make and we had extra rosemary in the fridge so it was an easy choice.  I modified her recipe a bit – she had it baking in a pan, and I baked it on a pizza stone.  I ended up with a very crusty result, which I guess is more like a fougasse, but it was delicious nonetheless.

Rosemary Focaccia, yum!

A crispy closeup!

See more delicious breads here, at YeastSpotting!

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I’ve also made a pair of baby socks and baby booties to warm the feet of the little one.

These socks are from a pattern in the Summer 2005 Interweave Knits. I’ve used the pattern to make baby gifts for a couple of friends, and I think the results always come out cute.  I also used some scrap yarn to make a pair of  Oh! Baby baby booties. The grey yarn is a not as fun as the colorful socks, but at least they will be appropriate for a boy or a girl.

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More baby craft goodness! I’ve made two little hats for our fashionable future baby.

This first hat is the Greenleaf baby hat, which I made another version of a year ago for a friend’s new baby. I think it’s cute and classic. I made mine with a silk-wool combo that will hopefully be soft on the little baby’s head.

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I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been busy growing a baby 🙂  In addition, I’ve also had a lot of fun doing some baby crafting.

I wanted to make a crib quilt for the little one, and decided to test out my quilting skills on a mini-quilt. I was inspired by this mini-quilt by Orange Flower.

Since we’re not going to know the sex of the baby until its born, I went with nice primary colors for the alphabet embroidery. I love this look – it’s simple and graphic, but definitely baby-appropriate.

I absolutely love the vintage fabric that I used for the binding. The fabric’s little flowers and birds are so cute and the colors matched my embroidery really well.

As for the actual quilting, I only did a few rows of outline stitch. I didn’t worry about quilting it very densely because this is only going to  be a wall hanging. I think this little quilt was really a good exercise in using my walking foot and binding for the first time.  I love the results!

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I’m continuing my adventure through Nancy Baggett’s Kneadlessly Simple.  Last week I made her 100% Whole Wheat Bread.  I had been doing boule-style bread for a while and wanted to make a simple loaf that would be good for toast at breakfast.  Her recipe included an interesting twist:  part of the flour was mixed with boiling water into a mash that sat aside while the rest of the dough rose overnight.  Then I combined them before the second rise.  The result was a smooth and creamy crumb that was a bit sweet and not at all bitter. 

Delicious and lots of fiber - everybody wins!

See more delicious breads here, at YeastSpotting!

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Kara loves Everyday Food from Martha Stewart.  Last week she made us a treat from her latest issue:  Lemon-Lime Tea Cakes.  They were delicious!

Thanks Martha!

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Last week I decided to try another bread from the recipe book I got for Christmas, Kneadlessly Simple.  This Caraway Beer Bread turned out to be hearty, rich, and a bit sweet.  Yum!

See more delicious breads here, at YeastSpotting!

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